Luxmi Jeyavel, Alumna from Queens University, provides some advice for future applicants on how to fund your MBA and choose the right program for you.
What are some of the activities you were involved with outside of class? How did you balance your time?
I was on the Charity Gala committee and attended as a member various student club events. Adequate planning helped me stay on track to manage my workload and committee responsibilities. You could do it all – just not at the same time, so I was very selective on which events to attend and which ones to pass.
How did you fund your MBA? Can you offer advice to students looking to fund their MBA?
A combination of savings and funding from my employer. Once you have decided you want to do your MBA, start planning for it! Exhaust every funding avenue and if you have a good relationship with your employer, build your business case and ask for sponsorship.
Why did you choose your MBA program? Do you have any advice to students on how to make a decision?
Select a program that fits your personality and learning style. With Queens, I only had to take a year off work instead of two, I was able to stay in Ontario where I could leverage a large alumni network, and I learned from a diverse group of peers with a similar number of years of experience. I also have a passion for collaboration and Queens’ team-based learning approach was an important criteria for me.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue an MBA? What inspired you?
I always knew I wanted to pursue a graduate degree at some point. After working in the financial industry for a few years, I realized the MBA was the right program for me. I was inspired by the business leaders I worked with and the opportunity to grow my problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
Did your school’s Career Services have a strong presence in your MBA experience?
At Queens, the Career Services are integrated into the program curriculum. The program was even recently restructured and the start date changed to better align with the timing of on campus recruitment. From knowing your strengths and positioning your elevator pitch to sprucing up your resume and interview skills, it all started on day one through a series of mandatory and optional sessions.